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SOPs - Sexual Harassment and Co-Ed Bunks

Our department has taken a major growth spurt over the past year. Because of that we are in the process of developing new SOPs to cover sexual harassment, and as well, we are having to make an SOP to cover co-ed station sleeping arrangements now that there are three active women on the force.

I'm wondering if there are any of you out there who have such SOPs in place for a volunteer station that might be willing to let me take a peek and give us a "jumping off" point to make certain… Continue

Added by Tina on April 23, 2008 at 10:11pm — 4 Comments

Why I am a firefighter

This is a note I posted on facebook after I was asked why I chose to be a firefighter.

I've thought a lot lately about how much I love firefighting and what a great decision it was to join the service. Sure, there is the great adreneline rush; The high I get from it is something I cannot describe. I've also made a lot of great friends from mine and other departments, people with similar attitudes and who won't hesitate for a second to help out their brothers and sisters if… Continue

Added by Ryan on April 23, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

One of our own... goes home


TO: All Area Fire Departments

FROM: Chief Nickel, Brookville Fire Department

RE: Death Announcement

DATE: 4/22/2008

It is my sad duty to inform you of the non-line of duty death of Firefighter/EMT-I Tasha Longyear, Sunday April 20, 2008.

Tasha joined our department in 2005, and quickly became a… Continue

Added by Crystal on April 23, 2008 at 8:37am — 10 Comments

Fire Velo Cycling Club

Fire Velo is a “Fire Department” based, cycling club. We are Firefighters riding for Firefighters. Our goal is to be a highly visible national cycling organization, participating in rides and charity events throughout the United States. All funds raised through Fire Velo will help provide financial assistance to fire department based groups and causes. We are presently pursuing our 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

Fire Velo is open to all levels of riders from beginners to veterans; weekend… Continue

Added by Roberto Fidani on April 22, 2008 at 8:49pm — 4 Comments

I'm a volunteer!

Well....I"m now a volunteer for Lafourche Crossing 308. I've been thinking about joining but I know how tuff they can make it if you are a girl. If I can I usually go to the trainings with my boyfriend (he is with 308). This training they let me go for a ride around town in the firetruck! LOL! After we got back and they were doing truck checks I was talking with the Asst. Chief. I wa explaing to him what I do at 911. I am a fire dispatcher. Well after talking for a while he asked me if I would… Continue

Added by Christine on April 22, 2008 at 8:26pm — 8 Comments

TNT: The Accidental Runner; Finding the Inspiration

I had a hard run on Saturday morning, with a huge hill in the middle of it (eight miles), followed by a recovery run on Sunday (yes, I know that the "recovery" run is an odd concept, but it works to keep you from being crippled after a hard run the previous day. It's not FUN, but it works).

I wasn't feeling inspired when I set out on Saturday, and every mile kept getting harder physically. My knees were hurting, it was getting really warm out, my back was tight and my right calf kept… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on April 21, 2008 at 9:21am — 22 Comments

Captain Ronnie Campbell, Charleston Fire Dept. Died 4-19-08 from cancer

Hello Yall,

I'm writing to let yall know that a good friend died from cancer that he has been battling for over a year, I had the pleasure working for his dad Capt L Campbell at station 17 for over 6 years when i was first hired, He died 1 year after retirment from cancer. Capt r cambell was a guy that would crack jokes all day if he was not asleep,, he was someone who liked to be up all night and respond to fires off duty to help or watch.. he allways had a joke about everything and… Continue

Added by Captain George Gardiner on April 20, 2008 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

New definition of EMT: Emergency Medical Taxi

We all train hard for what we do, class after class just to stay up to date on new procedure. Red lights rolling on many Emergency's. Then there are the not so emergency that we run on, "I don't feel good, the "chest pain" calls with their bags packed at the door, the "my doctor told me to come in today" calls. It's enough to drive you crazy! Then you get the one's who call for an ambulance because they couldn't handle the wait in the E.R. So my question to you is, When did we become a high… Continue

Added by Jeremy Phillips on April 19, 2008 at 7:16am — 8 Comments

My reason for commitment to safety

Family Portrait 2007

This Photo is one of My family taken right before Christmas in 2007. The reason I am posting the photo of my family is simple. They are the reason for my dedication to safety. If I operate safely than my chances of going home to my family are dramatically increased. Throughout a commitment to safety, my fellow firefighters can experience the same… Continue

Added by Engineco913 on April 20, 2008 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

How Safe is your Door Entry?

Door Entry Procedure ....

1 There was no obvious fire in the building as firefighters arrived on-scene but there was a strong smell of burning and some smoke was seen issuing from a chimney in the six-story building. As Firefighters opened the door leading onto the stairway, heavy smoke suddenly turned to flame. The intense fire that followed killed several firefighters caught above in the stair-shaft

2 Firefighter X, along with three other… Continue

Added by EuroFirefighter on April 17, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments


Some people have character, and others are a character.

My friend Denny Allen… he’s both.

There are certain people in your life who are always in need of something – while others are always there when you need them.

My friend Dennis Allen is always there when you need him.

Certain people work behind the scenes but manage to find their way into the spotlight. Others do their work on the scene but manage… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on April 19, 2008 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Firefighter Appreciation Day

As many of you know, we here in the Cincinnati area experienced the loss of two of our own. Channel 9 here has initiated a Appreciation Day for firefighters on April 17th. Let's not let this be an isolated event. I believe this could be a time to, not only express appreciation to those who serve, to to expand awareness of firefighter safety. Get your community involved! If you do something for April 17th, please post it here to let everyone know of ways to become active in their community. Here… Continue

Added by Michael Finney on April 15, 2008 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Inspiration From Others

My daughter Caroline turns four tomorrow. She’s our middle child and some of you know she has Down syndrome which makes her life a little more interesting than yours and mine. When she was born, we really had no idea what to expect. I knew some friends whose children had DS, but really, other than that, I had no inkling of the potential issues that could possibly be made manifest as a result of this diagnosis.

The short form… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 14, 2008 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

Passed the Paramedic National Registry Written Test!!!

I passed the the National Registry! I still lack the skills part but, hopefully, I will get that knocked out sometime during these next upcoming weeks. Thanks to everyone that wished me luck!

For all those in the Texas region getting ready to take the registry or needing a refresher course, Jon Puryear has an EXCELLENT course. You can sign up for a 2-day classroom course or order the course online. He sends a CD/DVD that has audio lectures and also sends a packet of paper notes and… Continue

Added by CJ on April 14, 2008 at 2:39pm — 6 Comments

TNT: The Accidental Runner; The Longest Run is.....

The longest run is the one you have to do, by yourself, in the rain, and your iPod craps out just far enough from the parking lot to not allow you to go back and get a new battery.

Part of the training process for running a distance event like a half marathon is the dreaded "long run". This is a recommended once a week event, and our team of runners normally gather at 7:00 a.m. at the Niskayuna Bike Path to get it done with some camaraderie, planned water stops, and the… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on April 14, 2008 at 8:08am — 25 Comments

F@#$ You Fireman; No, 14ga you Mean Gene

OK we're finally leaving after one of our guys just turned in his papers to get out and I mean this guy has been a fixture at the station for well, hell I think that they built the station AROUND him originally. Anyway we're outside and the local motorcycle Hecks Angels are revving up the Harley's and we can't even think it's so loud and we yell over across the street to tone it down and they issue a profanity laced tirade as they drive off across the street onto the sidewalk nearly crash into… Continue

Added by Peter Lupkowski on April 10, 2008 at 5:14pm — 7 Comments

The Continuing Chronicles of the FNG(irl): The Mailbox Massacre & The Knob

All I can say is.....thank god it wasn't me (this time).

Our usual drill night arrived, although I wasn't sure I was going to go...I'd been sick most of the day, but we got toned out about an hour before drill for an overturned bicyclist in a ravine...., and I figured if I could respond to that, I could drag my butt to drill.

The first half hour of drill was a repeat of what I like to call "The Chinese Fire Drill"---essentially, our chief sends everyone out on all three… Continue

Added by Mary Ellen Shea on April 10, 2008 at 10:00am — 24 Comments

Recruitment & Retention Toolkit: What's a Clearinghouse?

This article is one in a series of toolkits focusing on recruitment, retention and fire service marketing and appears in the April edition of FASNY's The Volunteer Firefighter magazine.

Part 1 – What’s a clearinghouse?

In previous articles, I’ve attempted to present the fire service with real tools to use in improving their membership process and documentation… Continue

Added by Tiger Schmittendorf on April 20, 2008 at 3:42pm — 5 Comments

Reaching Your Audience

I was thinking the other day after I wrestled with posting my blog that there are probably a dozen guys at work I could call to answer my question as to what was up with my computer. In my frustration, I was thinking, I am pretty competent with a computer for a 44-year old guy who still types with two or three fingers, yet it seems like some of the people I work with run circles around me when it comes to troubleshooting this stuff.

The first computer I was assigned at work was an… Continue

Added by Mick Mayers on April 8, 2008 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

How did I Get Here? Thank Roy and Johnny.

This month I will become 46 years old. I'm not really sure how I got here so fast. Here being my involvment in the fire service. But, I certainly remember how it started over 30 years ago almost by accident.

I always wondered why from the time I was ten years old people would always ask, what do you want to be when you grow up? Hell, I’m forty six as I begin to write this blog and I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s a… Continue

Added by Phil Ferris on April 8, 2008 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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